*NOTE: All media members who wish to attend must RSVP. This event is not open to the public. To RSVP, please contact Leah Comins at 781-428-3299 or [email protected].
NORWOOD — The Town of Norwood is pleased to announce that, as part of the state’s vaccination rollout for first responders, Norwood Police Chief William Brooks and Fire Chief George Morrice will receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week.
Chief Brooks and Chief Morrice will be available to speak to members of the media following their vaccinations.
Monday, Jan. 11 starting at 11:15 a.m. Please note that the date and time are tentative and subject to change. Media members will be notified of any changes.
Police Chief William Brooks and Fire Chief George Morrice will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at 11:15 a.m. Media members will be able to record and use footage of the Chiefs receiving their vaccines, but due to the nature of a vaccination as a medical procedure, media members are respectfully asked not to air the vaccinations live.
Following their vaccinations, Chief Brooks and Chief Morrice, police and fire personnel, as well as General Manager Tony Mazzucco and Superintendent of Public Health Sigalle Reiss, will be available to speak to the media at noon and those interviews may be broadcast live.
Town of Norwood Public Safety Building, 135 Nahatan St.
The vaccinations will take place inside the fire station bays and the bay doors will be left open throughout the time people are inside.
Media members are asked to park in the building’s public parking area.
- Police Chief William Brooks
- Fire Chief George Morrice
- General Manager Tony Mazzucco
- Superintendent of Public Health Sigalle Reiss
- Norwood Board of Selectmen Chair William J. Plasko
- Norwood police and fire personnel
The Chiefs’ vaccinations are part of a larger effort coordinated by Norwood to help to vaccinate first responders in the region, beginning Monday, Jan. 11.
“We are pleased to be able to kick off the first responder vaccination clinic Monday morning,” Chief Brooks said. “Vaccinating the region’s first responders, who have been on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, is an important step in protecting our personnel and ensuring they are able to continue serving their communities.”
Added Chief Morrice, “As we continue to respond to medical calls and interact with people who could be infected with COVID-19, we are grateful that this vaccination will provide additional protection for the department’s firefighters, EMTs and paramedics.”
As part of the Commonwealth’s phased COVID-19 vaccination plan, the Town of Norwood has been selected to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for local first responders, beginning Monday. First responder vaccinations in Norwood are part of a regional effort between the member communities of the Norfolk County-8 (NC-8) coalition. The NC-8 regional vaccination effort will serve first responders from Canton, Dedham, Dover, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Walpole, Westwood, Wellesley and Medfield at various clinic locations.
Additional information on the regional effort can be found here.
“As one of the first communities in the Commonwealth to see COVID-19 cases early last March, the Town of Norwood has taken this pandemic seriously and we have been proactive with our response,” General Manager Mazzucco said. “The vaccine is another significant step in our fight against COVID-19 and we proud to be able to provide this vaccine clinic for first responders in our area.”
All media members should adhere to social distancing guidelines and mask wearing will be required at all times during the event.